Last Saturday leaders from Jackson County and several area cities celebrated a ribbon cutting for the first phase of the much-anticipated Rock Island Trail, the first re-use of an old rail corridor that will eventually become a multi-modal bike/ped/transit corridor linking Kansas City and its southeast suburbs and on to the Katy Trail State Park. […]
BikeWalkKC takes a sneak peek at the Rock Island corridor in Jackson County ahead of trail construction. Later this year Jackson County’s Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority will kick-off construction of the first phase of trail between the Truman Sports Complex and western Lee’s Summit. Some of us snuck out of the BikeWalkKC office for an afternoon […]
Jackson County and KCATA reach agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to acquire the Rock Island line for connection to Katy Trail State Park and future regional transit.
Trail and transit plans took a big step forward to today with the announcement that Jackson County has signed an agreement with Union Pacific railroad to purchase the Rock Island line and use it to create a commuter rail line and a trail connection to Missouri's Katy Trail State Park.
Today Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced that the County's transit plan has been delayed. This temporary delay is due to last minute problems gaining access to the railroads needed for commuter trains. A 1% sales tax would have funded commuter rail, streetcar, more bus routes, plus regional trails and bike lane projects – including […]
Plans to bring the Katy Trail into the heart of the metro area are picking up speed, and 2013 could be the year we see significant progress on one of BikeWalkKC's long-term visions for the region.
The Missouri General Assembly has passed enabling legation allowing the Kansas City region to consider a regional sales tax to fund new trails, greenways, and bike routes. A similar regional tax in St. Louis has funded significant progress in their trail and bike lane networks. House Bill 1504 allows the Jackson County Legislature to ask […]
The Star reports that 3 miles are complete and federal approval is progress for a change of plans that will make the trail even better once it’s all finished. An extension of the Katy Trail State Park from Windsor to Pleasant Hill in Kansas City’s southest suburbs is underway. The first three mile segment of […]
The Kansas City Star recently published an editorial supporting continued efforts to connect the Katy Trail to the heart of the metro area. Cities in Jackson County are working together to acquire the old Rock Island railroad corridor from Pleasant Hill to the Truman Sports Complex, which could some day host both the trail and […]